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What if you need a bone grafts? will they cut a piece from your body?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Bone graft: Bone graft that comes from you is referred to as autograft. We commonly use bone graft from a donor, called allograft. Depending on the situation, either can be effective. Speak to your doctor about your options.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Depends: If there is an appropriate site for self donation of bone (autograft) it can be done. Otherwise, an allograft can be used (from a donor).
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Not necessary: Todays technology provides a lot of choices now. Often a bone graft from your own body is not necessary. Ask your doctor about cadaver, synthetic, cow and bone morphogenic protein.
Dr. William Dapper
Dentistry 36 years experience
Not necessarily: There are other options: allografts, xenografts and synthetics. All are basically 'bone in a bottle". Experienced surgeons know when where and how to use them with great success.

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